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What increases my risk for hyposmia?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Age and gender are risk factors for hyposmia. You can gradually lose your sense of smell as you age, especially if you are a man. Exposure to toxic, airborne chemicals in the environment increases your risk of hyposmia, as does smoking. Head injury, especially to the front of the head, can damage your sense of smell, too, as can certain diseases and the use of certain medications like antihistamines and antibiotics.

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